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  • Photo of ‘Closer collaboration will undoubtedly be to our mutual benefit’ – PM Keith Rowley tells #Africa-CARICOMSummit

    ‘Closer collaboration will undoubtedly be to our mutual benefit’ – PM Keith Rowley tells #Africa-CARICOMSummit

    STATEMENT by  Dr THE HONOURABLE KEITH ROWLEY, PRIME MINISTER OF THE REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO AND IMMEDIATE FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM) ON THE OCCASION OF THE FIRST AFRICA-CARICOM SUMMIT Mr ChairmanYour ExcellenciesColleaguesFriendsGood day. Today’s high-level engagement between CARICOM and Africa is a historic one. It is fitting that this First Summit is being held during the United Nations’ International Decade…

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  • Photo of ‘Today we are committing to forge a new more permanent alliance’ – CARICOM Secretary-General #AfricaCARICOMSummit

    ‘Today we are committing to forge a new more permanent alliance’ – CARICOM Secretary-General #AfricaCARICOMSummit

    REMARKS BY THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM) HER EXCELLENCY CARLA BARNETT, PhD, CBE on THE occasion OF THE FIRST AFRICA-CARICOM SUMMIT , 7 SEPTEMBER 2021 CARICOM Secretary-General Dr Carla Barnett Chairman, Your Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya; Other Excellencies Heads of State and Government. The cycle of history has brought us together again. Centuries…

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  • Photo of Caribbean expected to grow 4.1% in 2021, ECLAC says: CARICOM BUSINESS

    Caribbean expected to grow 4.1% in 2021, ECLAC says: CARICOM BUSINESS

    A new “Economic Survey of Latin America and the Caribbean” report released by ECLAC raised its growth forecast for the Region from 5.2% in July to 5.9%. Despite the encouraging improvement, these figures remain below par to bounce back from 2019’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with the Caribbean posited to grow by 4.1%. The growth in 2021, according to the…

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  • Photo of First CARICOM-Africa Summit to be held 7 September

    First CARICOM-Africa Summit to be held 7 September

    History will be made on 7 September 2021, when the inaugural CARICOM-Africa Summit is held. Kenya will host the virtual event under the theme ‘Unity Across Continents and Oceans: Opportunities for Deepening Integration’. His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya, will chair the Summit. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta will chair the Summit Plans for Kenya to host a CARICOM and…

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  • Photo of CARICOM congratulates Trinidad and Tobago on its 59th Independence Anniversary

    CARICOM congratulates Trinidad and Tobago on its 59th Independence Anniversary

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has congratulated the Government and People of Trinidad and Tobago on the country’s fifty-ninth anniversary of Independence which it celebrates on 31 August 2021. In a congratulatory message to Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, CARICOM Secretary-General Dr Carla Barnett also praised the commitment of the Government and People to regional integration. Here is…

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  • Photo of CCRIF to pay out US$40 million to Haiti after earthquake: CARICOM BUSINESS

    CCRIF to pay out US$40 million to Haiti after earthquake: CARICOM BUSINESS

    Catastrophe Risk Financing Facility (CCRIF) SPC will make a payout of approximately US$40 million to the government of Haiti following the devastating magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck Haiti on August 14th, 2021, significantly impacting the city of Les Cayes. This payout represents the full coverage limit under the country’s parametric insurance policy for earthquakes for the 2021/22 policy year. As…

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  • Photo of Guyana rolls back freight charges to pre-pandemic levels:  CARICOM BUSINESS

    Guyana rolls back freight charges to pre-pandemic levels: CARICOM BUSINESS

    Effective August 1, 2021, Guyana by statute reduced freight charges to pre-pandemic levels (March 31, 2020) in the calculation of customs duties, excise taxes, and input VAT on goods imported. This facility however expires on January 31, 2022. This was occasioned by marked increase in shipping costs from some countries, moving from an average of US$2,500 to as much as…

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  • Photo of CARICOM SG turns sod for new Official Residence

    CARICOM SG turns sod for new Official Residence

    In his last official public activity, outgoing CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Friday joined the Prime Minister of Guyana, Brigadier (Ret’d) Mark Phillips, at a sod-turning ceremony for an official residence for the CARICOM  Secretary-General.    CARICOM Secretariat and Guyana Government officials join Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (3rd left) and Prime Minister Brigadier (Ret’d) Mark Phillips (4th left) for…

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  • Photo of Attack on Prime Minister Gonsalves ‘an affront to our democratic principles’’ – CARICOM Secretary-General

    Attack on Prime Minister Gonsalves ‘an affront to our democratic principles’’ – CARICOM Secretary-General

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) condemns in the strongest terms the violent attack on the Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr The Honourable Ralph Gonsalves. This reprehensible act is an affront to our democratic principles and practices. The conduct of peaceful protest is a fundamental civil and political right that represents a healthy element of our democracy. Its…

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  • Photo of Barbados records growth of 5.5%: CARICOM BUSINESS

    Barbados records growth of 5.5%: CARICOM BUSINESS

    Barbados has recorded growth of 5.5% during the April to June quarter of 2021. That’s the word from Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados Cleviston Haynes who is predicting growth of 1 to 3% for calendar 2021. Haynes said the performance of the economy continued to be constrained by the protracted COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in a dramatic falloff…

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